Moto X 2014 Tips and Tricks
Name your Device
One cool feature with Android and Google Now is the ability to so ‘Ok Google’ and be able to search, or even start apps or other features. Motorola has taken this one step further with the Moto X. They allow you to change this phrase and ‘name’ your Moto X almost whatever you want. To set this up, go to Settings, Moto, Change Activation Phrase and follow the instructions.
Moto Assist gives you the ability to customize what notifications you get and how you get them depending on where you are or what your phone is connected to. For instance, if you are driving, you can have your Moto X read text messages to you or let you know who is calling so you don’t have to pick up your phone. Or if you are at work, it can automatically switch to silent or vibrate mode. This makes it so you don’t have to remember to switch to certain modes in different situations. It can do it for you. To set this up, go to Settings, Moto, Assist.
Along with controlling your phone with your voice, you can also use gestures. One of them being able to wave your hand over your phone to silence a call or alarm. Although this may make it a bit easier to sleep through your alarm in the mornings. You can find this in Settings, Moto, Actions.
Notifications on your PC
Getting notifications without having to pull your phone out of your pocket just got a lot easier. The Moto X has what is called Motorola Connect, an app used to connect to different Motorola products, but it also will send notifications to your computer. Set up the app on your phone by going to Settings, Motorola Connect. Then download the Motorola Connect extension for Chrome, which is currently the only browser that allows this. You are then able to receive notifications from your phone, on your computer.
Motorola Migrate is a great way to get your contacts and more from your old phone, whether its an Android or iPhone, to you new Moto X. Just download the app on your old phone, it comes pre-installed on the Moto X, and select what stuff you want to transfer. It does depend on what phone you’re coming from what you can transfer. From iPhone you can get your contacts and calendar. You are able to get more stuff by going online. From Android you can get contacts, photos, videos, messages, and more. This tool definitely makes setting up your new Moto X a lot easier.
We all have those moments when you have something you want to take a picture of and just can’t get the camera open quite fast enough before the moment is over. Motorola has thought of those moments. They have made it easy to access the camera from anywhere on the phone, including if the screen is off. While holding the phone, just twist your wrist twice and the camera will open ready for you to take that perfect shot.
Trusted Devices is a great little feature that lets you select certain bluetooth devices that, while your phone is connected to them, it will allow you to bypass the passcode. This is especially convenient if you are using a bluetooth speaker and the screen keeps shutting off before you can check what song just came on or you can switch to the next one. Go into Settings, Security, Trusted Devices to set up.
Take a selfie
A fun little feature here is the ability to take a selfie by just telling your Moto X to do so. Just say ‘Ok Google’ or whatever you have set up as the activation phrase, and then ‘take a selfie.’ This will open the camera and start a 3 second countdown with the front camera.